Suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have found support from BCCI acting President CK Khanna, who has urged the Committee of Administrators to lift the suspension for their much-criticised sexist remarks on chat show Koffee with Karan. Khanna, who also refused to convene a Special General Meeting on the matter, feels, the two should be allowed to play despite the ongoing inquiry.
According to Khanna, calling the SGM to appoint an ombudsman to investigate the two players' conduct, as demanded by BCCI officials, wouldn't be right as the Supreme Court is due to take up the issue next week.
"They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology," Khanna wrote in a letter to the CoA running the BCCI.
"I suggest that pending inquiry we reinstate both the cricketers into the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest," he added.
Around 14 state units, mainly former BCCI president N Srinivasan's loyalists, had requested Khanna to convene an emergent SGM, which needs to be called in 10 days.